Council traffic plan resisted by residents
PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 October 2011 | UPDATED: 10:00 10 October 2011
A COUNCIL plan to stop motorists using a community as a thoroughfare has been met with resistance by residents, who say it will not tackle traffic problems in the area.
North Somerset Council is looking to stop motorists on the A371 from driving through Locking Grove, by making an order stopping anyone from going into Mendip Road from the main road between Weston and Banwell.
But both members of Locking Parish Council and residents say the move will not make any difference to the area’s traffic problems, and that the council should be putting up more signs along the A371 to tell people not to cut through the area instead.
With the Leisuredome project underway and houses due to be on the market in the Locking Parklands development next year, there are concerns that the increased volume of traffic will increase safety concerns caused by drivers unfamiliar with the area cutting through Locking Grove.
Dozens of residents attended the parish council’s meeting on Thursday to voice their concern at North Somerset’s proposal, where North Somerset’s executive member for highways and ward member for Locking, cllr Elfan Ap Rees discussed the plan.
He said: “There have been a number of accidents there, and there is a view that something needs to be done about it. As an alternative to closing that entrance completely, it’s being proposed that we make it exit only to stop people from using the entrance to cut through Locking Grove.
“We are of the opinion that this location is dangerous, and it will get more dangerous when people start coming to visit the Leisuredome, and when the Locking Parklands developments are complete.”
But parish councillor Peter Lacey argued that the move would not make any real difference to the current situation, saying: “It strikes me that from what I see the proposed traffic restrictions are basically just an excuse for the council to not do the job properly.
“I do not see how North Somerset cannot take responsibility for putting up proper safety precautions in this location when it is what residents have been asking for for years.”
Another representative on the council, Julia Moss, asked: “What price does the council put on a child or anybody getting injured on the roads?”
District councillor Terry Porter told the council and residents that he had taken their concerns on board and would discuss them with officers. Consultation on the proposal has now ended, with the council set to decide whether to make a formal order.